Salicylic acid is one of the most popular treatments for acne sufferers, who find themselves reaching for a product containing the magic ingredient as soon as a spot appears. For acne treatment, we recommend our Aknicare® range which has a superb antibacterial action without using antibiotics. It stops new spots forming and has a spot reducing and calming action. Aknicare® reduces oil by an average of 53%. Aknicare® Lotion, Aknicare® Cream, Aknicare® Skin Roller and Aknicare® Chest and Back all contain salicylic acid. But what exactly makes salicylic acid so special, what does it do and what type of acne does it work best for?
· Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid
According to experts, as salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid, this structure allows salicylic acid to be more oil soluble which means it can penetrate into the pores of the skin. This makes it makes it great at unclogging pores and attacking pimples.
· It works by attacking your skin's "glue."
Experts explain how once the salicylic acid has penetrated the skin, the acid part of the molecule can dissolve some of the intercellular 'glue' that holds skin cells together, whereas, alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid) just exfoliate your skin when they touch the surface.
· It’s a powerful exfoliator
Salicylic acid is chemical exfoliator, making it much more powerful at sloughing off dead skin than a granular scrub would be, as it uses chemicals to break cells that have bound together to cause spots. Experts explain how salicylic acid also loosens and breaks apart desmosomes (attachments between cells in the outer layer of skin). It’s this ‘desmolytic’ action that encourages exfoliation of skin and unclogging of pores and dissolving blackheads.
· It can even give your skin cells a deep cleaning
Salicylic acid can penetrate oily skin and clogged pores as it is lipophilic, giving your skin a deep clean. Salicylic acid can also help to reduce acne as it can reduce sebum secretion. Finally, salicylic acid is an anti-inflammatory, which can help inflamed acne.Aknicare® Lotion dramatically reduces oil production, skin thickening and controls bacteria and inflammation, ensuring spots just don't happen. Aknicare® Cream supportsAknicare® Lotion in changing the skin from within to cure acne and stop spots. For best results use Aknicare® Cream with Aknicare® Lotion to ensure skin hydration.
· Salicylic acid works best on blackheads and whiteheads, not so much on cystic acne
According to experts, there are three factors that contribute to acne: An abnormal sloughing off of skin cells, excessive oiliness, and the action of P. acnes bacteria.
Salicylic acid works best on blackheads and whiteheads as it dissolves the type of skin debris that clogs pores and causes acne. Salicylic acid can directly dissolve the keratin plugs and regulate the skin cells. The Aknicare® Skin Roller provides fast relief in reducing existing spots. It also reduces inflammation in two ways and reduces bacterial levels without breeding superbugs.
Due to its antibacterial activity, salicylic acid also has some effectiveness against cystic acne. Be careful as salicylic acid can irritate and dry your skin if your skin is sensitive or if overused.
For body acne, we recommend using Aknicare® Chest and Back, an easy to use pump, which works upside down or right way up and the spray does not need rubbing in and will absorb over a few seconds and has been created to treat acne, spots and oily skin on your chest and back. Evidence & Success Stories available for our whole Aknicare®range.
We also recommend Enerpeel® SA, a chemical peel for treating acne and oily skin, part of our clinic only range. Enerpeel® SA delivers lipophilic 30% salicylic acid with 0.5% MSM but also the key active Tebiskin® OSK /Aknicare® ingredients to provide a fantastic clinical treatment for comedogenic and inflammatory acne.
New patented carrier technology means we can insert skin condition treatment ingredients in with the Enerpeel® peeling agents which would usually be destroyed if incorporated into a normal acid peeling solution with active acids in. So we can introduce spot busting, antibacterials, anti-inflammation, ageing ingredients inside the Enerpeel® SA solution, to boost the home care cream activity.
We recommend using Tebiskin® OSK alongside Enerpeel® SA. Tebiskin® OSK targets acne with prescription strength Aknicare ingredients plus extra inflammatory to use with clinical acne treatments for difficult acne and oily skin.
Call us on 0333 247 2474 to find your nearest clinic providing this service and Tebiskin® products.